Tinsley Mortimer

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Tinsley Mortimer
Tinsley Mortimer at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.jpg
Tinsley Randolph Mercer

(1975-08-11) August 11, 1975 (age 44)
EducationSt. Catherine's School
Lawrenceville School
Alma materColumbia University; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Known forThe Real Housewives of New York City
Robert Livingston Mortimer
(m. 2002; div. 2010)
Parent(s)George Riley Mercer Jr.
Dale Tatum

Tinsley Randolph Mortimer (née Mercer; born August 11, 1975) is an American socialite and television personality.

Early life[edit]

Mortimer was born in Richmond, Virginia,[1] where she grew up, attending St. Catherine's School. Her father was George Riley Mercer Jr., a wealthy real-estate investor, and her mother is Dale Mercer (née Tatum), an interior designer.[2] Her paternal grandfather, George Riley Mercer Sr., founded Mercer Rug Cleansing in 1936.[3] She grew up with one sister, Dabney Mercer. Mortimer attended the Lawrenceville School, where she was a member of the Kirby House. She went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a freshman in college, but shortly transferred to Columbia University. At Columbia, she was a member of St. Anthony Hall.[4] She graduated from Columbia with a BA in art history, and later obtained her Master's degree in decorative arts from the Cooper Hewitt design museum.[5]


Early in her career, Mortimer worked as a beauty assistant at Vogue and an event planner for Harrison & Shriftman.[6] Mortimer has a line of handbags and clothing in Japan for Samantha Thavasa, for which she was featured in an advertising campaign.[7][8] She also features prominently in Samantha Thavasa USA's online promotional materials and in the company's Madison Avenue store, which also carries her handbags. She subsequently formed her own clothing line, Riccime by Tinsley Mortimer, which was sold exclusively in Japan.[9] In 2008, Mortimer became involved in branding and design for a condominium development.[10]

Mortimer has served as Christian Dior’s beauty ambassador and helped to create a lip gloss called "Tinsley Pink".[11] She has appeared in several magazine editorials, including Vogue, WWD, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire.[9] In May 2012, she appeared on the cover of Vestal magazine, which also featured an editorial styled by Lo'renzo Hill-White and shot by fashion photographer Kevin Sinclair.[12][13] She has also graced the magazine covers of Page Six Magazine,[14] Virginia Living, Avenue,[15] CVLUX,[16] Maniac,[17] and New York.[18]

She made a cameo appearance on the season two premiere episode of Gossip Girl,[19] which aired September 1, 2008 on The CW. On March 10, 2010, her own reality television show created by Andrew Glassman and Mike Aho[20] for The CW called High Society, starring Mortimer along with other socialites such as Paul Johnson Calderon and Devorah Rose, first aired. The show documented the lives of Mortimer and her friends in New York City, but it was critically panned and cancelled after only 8 episodes because of low ratings.[21] The failure of the show was credited with causing Mortimer's subsequent "downfall" as a New York socialite.[22][23]

Mortimer wrote a novel titled Southern Charm, which follows Minty Davenport from South Carolina to New York, where she is the victim of rumors.[24] It was published by Simon & Schuster in April 2013.[25] Mortimer also contributed a section to the best-selling book The Park Avenue Diet [26] which outlined recommendations on improving one's conversation and social skills. The book was written by Manhattan diet doctor Stuart Fischer.

In 2014, she launched "Home Collection" manufactured by Pop Culture Living, an e-commerce site featuring curated collections of home accessories.[27][28] She currently has her own line of housewares products sold at Bed Bath & Beyond and Wayfair.[29] The collection includes dinnerware, decorative glasses, barware and ice buckets.[29]

In 2017, Mortimer joined the cast of The Real Housewives of New York City for the show's ninth season.[30] She has been a contributor for Town & Country magazine since 2017.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Mortimer met Robert Livingston "Topper" Mortimer (son of John Jay Mortimer) at Lawrenceville School and eloped when they were both 18. However, their parents forced them to annul the marriage. On May 4, 2002, they remarried in Richmond, Virginia.[32] The Mortimers are now divorced.[33]

On July 23, 2010, Mortimer was featured with her mother Dale on the Dr. Phil show discussing her divorce and her differences with her mother.[34]

Her father, George, died March 26, 2015 in Providence, Rhode Island.[35]

On February 11, 2017, Mortimer was introduced to Chicago-based Coupon Cabin CEO Scott Von Kluth by her RHONY castmate, Carole Radziwill.[36] The pair dated long distance between New York and Chicago, but as of October 2018, the couple had separated.[37]

Legal issues[edit]

In April 2016, Mortimer was arrested for trespassing in Palm Beach, Florida. Police were called to a private home after reports of Mortimer screaming on the property. It has been reported that she was warned by authorities to cease similar behavior at the same property the year before when a no contact order was issued against Mortimer. Mortimer was arrested for breaking that order, and later accepted a plea agreement to clean her record.[38]


Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Manny Herself Uncredited
2008 Gossip Girl Herself Episodes: "The Serena Also Rises", "Summer Kind of Wonderful"
2009–2011 The Fashion Show Herself / Judge 16 episodes
2010 Dr. Phil Herself Episode: "Meddling Moms"
2010 America's Next Top Model Herself Episode: "New York Women"
2010 High Society Herself Main role; 8 episodes
2017–present The Real Housewives of New York City Herself Main cast member (season 9 – present); 43 episodes
2019 The Other Two Herself Episode: "Chase Goes to a Premiere"


  1. ^ Heyman p. 4
  2. ^ "WEDDINGS; Tinsley Mercer, Topper Mortimer", The New York Times, May 5, 2002. Accessed March 16, 2012.
  3. ^ Mercerrugcleansing.com Archived 2010-01-19 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Gawker Archived 2008-03-10 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Troy Patterson (2010-03-10). "High Society: Tinsley Mortimer's new reality show is like a hideously deformed Edith Wharton story". Slate.com. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  6. ^ "The Dramatic Life Story Of The Newest "RHONY" Star". Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  7. ^ Friedman, Molly. Tinsley Mortimer Exported to Japan, New York Magazine, October 8, 2006. Accessed March 2, 2010.
  8. ^ Brydson, Nicole. Hamptons!, The Observer, September 11, 2007. Accessed March 2, 2010.
  9. ^ a b "About Tinsley | Tinsley Mortimer". www.tinsleymortimer.com. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  10. ^ Barbanel, Josh. A Socialite Dons a New Title, The New York Times, March 23, 2008. Accessed March 2, 2010.
  11. ^ "The Dramatic Life Story Of The Newest "RHONY" Star". Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  12. ^ http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/t-vestal
  13. ^ FashionModelDirectory.com, The FMD-. "Cover of Vestal Magazine with Tinsley Mortimer, June 2012 (ID:13756)| Magazines | The FMD". The FMD - FashionModelDirectory.com. Retrieved 2019-04-21.
  14. ^ Moe. "Tinsley Mortimer...why is she famous again? Besides the rough business of consuming and burning calo". Jezebel. Retrieved 2019-04-21.
  15. ^ FashionModelDirectory.com, The FMD-. "Cover of Avenue with Tinsley Mortimer, March 2009 (ID:6755)| Magazines | The FMD". The FMD - FashionModelDirectory.com. Retrieved 2019-04-21.
  16. ^ "Talk Of The Town: Tinsley Mortimer's Bar Collection". CVLUX. Retrieved 2019-04-21.
  17. ^ "Tinsley Mortimer our Cover Girl". April Hubal Photography. 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2019-04-21.
  18. ^ "Tinsley Mortimer - New York Magazine Cover Girl". Retrieved 2019-04-21.
  19. ^ Gossipgirlinsider.com
  20. ^ Seidman, Robert (February 8, 2010). "The CW Announces Midseason Debuts of "High Society" and "Fly Girls"". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
  21. ^ "No future for 'High Society'". Page Six. July 12, 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  22. ^ Sam Dangremond, Bennett Marcus (March 2016). "Inside the Downfall of Tinsley Mortimer". Town & Country Magazine. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  23. ^ Dana Shuster (2016-04-16). "The Tragic Downfall of New York's Most Glamorous Socialite". New York Post. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  24. ^ Tinsley Mortimer Pens Debut Novel, Women's Wear Daily, November 15, 2011. Accessed March 17, 2012.
  25. ^ Lipton, Lauren. She's Back, Branding Irons in Hand, New York Times', March 13, 2012. Accessed March 17, 2012.
  26. ^ The Park Avenue Diet. Hatherleigh Press 2008 Archived 2012-09-05 at Archive.today
  27. ^ "E-commerce venture Pop Culture Living launches | Home Accents Today". www.homeaccentstoday.com. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  28. ^ "The tragic downfall of New York's most glamorous socialite". Page Six. 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  29. ^ a b "Licensed Products | Tinsley Mortimer". www.tinsleymortimer.com. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  30. ^ http://people.com/tv/real-housewives-new-york-city-tinsley-mortimer/
  31. ^ "Tinsley Mortimer Contributor". Town & Country. Retrieved 2019-04-21.
  32. ^ Konigsberg, Eric. Why Is the Blond Smiling?, The New York Times, October 21, 2007; Accessed September 27, 2009
  33. ^ Splitsville?, New York Post, January 11, 2009. Accessed March 16, 2012.
  34. ^ Meddling Moms Dr. Phil.com, Peteski Productions, July 23, 2009
  35. ^ Mercer, George, Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 29, 2015. Accessed 2017.
  36. ^ "RHONY's Tinsley Mortimer Still Dating Coupon Cabin CEO Scott Kluth: 'We're Almost Soul Mates'". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  37. ^ Corinthios, Aurelie (October 24, 2017). "RHONY's Tinsley Mortimer Reportedly Splits from CouponCabin CEO Scott Kluth". People. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  38. ^ [1] The Daily Mail, April 11, 2016


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